Sonics Trial Blog
Seattle Times reporters Percy Allen, Jim Brunner and Danny O'Neil are filing updates from the courthouse throughout the day.
June 20, 2008 12:22 PM
Posted by Jim Brunner
Seattle is not conceding anything about their chances in the ongoing Sonics trial.
My apologies to the city's lead attorney Paul Lawrence and the city's legal team for an earlier blog item.
The city's lead attorney, Paul Lawrence, did make reference to an "appeal" after Judge Marsha Pechman sustained an objection.
But Lawrence said in an interview that he does that in any trial in which either side might appeal the final decision -- a likely outcome in this case. "It's routine in cases," Lawrence said.
Lawyers need to make sure their objections are recorded so that an appeals court has a written record.
Former Sonics President Wally Walker's testimony just concluded, with Lawrence trying to show the city was not involved in a "Machiavellian plan" to force a team sale.
Referring to the PowerPoint presentation that talked about inflicting losses on Clay Bennett's group, Walker testified that the document had been written by Mike McGavick, a former aide to Sen. Slade Gorton.
"We didn't have anything close to a plan. These were ideas to hopefully stimulate interest," Walker said.
Seattle developer Matt Griffin took the stand just before the trial paused for the lunch recess.
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